The Ballynure Village Enhancement Scheme Plan outlined new proposals for the village over the next five years and this specific project looked at delivering visible improvements to Ballynure Village by implementing an environmental improvement scheme.
The Ballynure Village Enhancement Scheme was identified through the Ballynure Village Plan. The Plan was developed in consultation with local residents and included views of the young people of Ballynure on what they would like to see and feel they need in the village, consultation with local councillors, local businesses, church, sports, community groups including Ballynure and District Community Association and voluntary groups. The improvements have aesthetically improved the village, enhancing the look and feel of the area to make it a more inviting place.
The scheme included a number of developments including landscaping on the Larne Road, providing seating and planters. The Council, in conjunction with the village steering group, undertook a community art project to paint the subway. The subway improvements have dramatically improved the look and feel of the area and the community were involved in both the design and implementation of the art project. The project also improved the play park through the addition of fencing and lighting to enhance safety, providing additional items of equipment for older children. Finally, a notice board was installed to promote greater community participation in village activities.
A total of £35,000 has been spent on extending and upgrading the existing play area through replacing and providing extra equipment and installing a new perimeter fence. A further £10,000 of funding has allowed new lighting to be installed along the existing path at War Memorial Park, while the centre of the village has been transformed with a new path, flowerbeds and benches through a £12,000 Environmental Improvement Scheme. Dramatic and eye-catching new artwork along the subway beside the river was created by artist David Craig and local young people.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Newtownabbey, Ald Victor Robinson, Cllr Mark Cosgrove, GROW JCC Chair and LAG Chair Vera McWilliam, agreed that: “The energy, time and passion that the local community group has put into the Ballynure scheme has been fantastic. This is a great example of partnership working to produce real improvements within a community and will hopefully inspire others."